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Research Profile

Ms Amanda Ehrenstein 

Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences


Amanda did her first postgraduate degree in Psychology at Free University Berlin. In 2005 she was awarded a SOCSI school grant to continue her studies in Sociology at Cardiff University on a 1+3 programme. In September 2006 she submitted her MSc thesis Social Relationality and Affective Experience in Precarious Labour Conditions. A study of young immaterial workers in the arts industries in Cardiff, which was awarded with distinction in 2007. In 2010 she received the 125 to 125 fund award from Cardiff University.

Previous to coming to the UK Amanda worked as research assistant at the Institute and Advice Centre for Communication and Development in Early Childhood in Munich, Germany and was a project manager at the City of Zurich’s refugee organisation AOZ in Switzerland.

In Cardiff she worked as a Teaching Assistant at SOCSI (Development and Learning year 1; Globalisation and Social Change year 3) and organised with Helen Blakely the student-led Global Political Economy Postgraduate Research Group until 2008, when her son was born.

Research Interests

  • Theories of subjectivity
  • Transformation of work
  • Neoliberal policies and the crisis of care
  • Affective experience and social relationality in precarity
  • Labour autonomy and political mobilisation
  • Social movements and transnational forms of political organisation

PhD Topic / Area

Her PhD research project explores working conditions and everyday politics in the Voluntary and Community Sector. It is focused on the experience of women working for women’s organisations in London and addresses the question how the commissioning of public services and the decline in accessible grant funding has affected women’s experience of work in front-line support.


Dr Dimitris Papadopoulos

Prof Gareth Williams